668mi Total Range
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid’s powertrain uses a 2.0-litre inline 4 engine with a 1.62kWh Battery pack and an electric motor which creates an EPA fuel rating of 39 mpg city, 46 highway, 42 combined.Combined power of engine and motor is 192 horsepower. The Hybrid’s battery packs can run the vehicle for short distances on e-power only, but at low speeds and minimal distances. Like the Sonata Hybrid, the Optima Hybrid can toggle between Hybrid and Charging modes that can maintain the battery’s state of charge or charge the 1.62-kwh lithium-polymer battery located in the trunk. The hybrid batteries use up some of the cargo space, leaving 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room. The available 60/40-split folding rear seats create some additional cargo space.
With a Starting MSRP of $25,995, this is a car that customers wanting to trade up to a more fuel-efficient hybrid will want to check out. Kia calls its Optima Hybrid “Efficiency at its most elegant.” Redesigned to be technologically smarter and more efficient, the car’s major improved aerodynamics give it a streamlined, futuristic look. With its new 6-speed automatic transmission and 2-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, it offers a combined 271 lb.-ft. of torque for an exhilarating drive.
Kia offers the 2018 Optima Hybrid in Premium or EX trim levels with a considerable amount of standard features. Optima Hybrid Premium trim includes cloth seats, keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth seats, 16-inch wheels, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Optima Hybrid EX models add to base models 17-inch wheels, 8.0-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and electronic parking brake.
Edmunds Auto Reviewer Will Kaufman says: “The front-wheel-drive 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is well-equipped no matter which version you choose. The entry-level Premium comes with dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and keyless entry and ignition. The Premium's Convenience package offers a good value for the extra features you get, while the EX takes that and adds goodies such as leather upholstery and a kicking Harman Kardon sound system. An electric motor and a 2.0-liter engine combine to produce 192 hp. Most hybrids have a continuously variable automatic transmission, but the Optima Hybrid sticks with a six-speed automatic transmission that gives a more traditional shifting feel.”
Aaron Cole, Reviewer for TheCarConnection.com: “The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is a mid-size sedan with all the right moves. On top of its safe package (its crash-test scorecard is spotless) and relatively handsome looks, a fuel-efficient powertrain is subbed in for fewer trips to gas stations.The Optima Hybrid borrows liberally from the Optima’s looks, which is a good thing. Only a few small badges give away its electrified powertrain, and its sleeker looks still turn heads on the road. Although not as daring as its predecessor, the Optima lineup (including the Optima Hybrid) focused more on interior refinement and ride quality that sheet-metal bravado. From the outside, the Optima Hybrid’s shapely hood, elongated dimensions, sloping roofline, and curves hint at a sportier mission.”
“The Optima Hybrid and Optima are virtually identical from the outside, except for a couple badges on the front fenders and a grille unique to the hybrid models. Inside, the Optima Hybrid is comfortable and subdued, eschewing the last approach of a driver-centric cockpit for a more formal atmosphere.”
Safety-wise, the The Optima Hybrid’s Iso-Structure is made of 53% advanced high-strength steel. The advanced airbag system comes with dual front, front-seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtain airbags. It also features high-tech sensors that can detect the level of an impact and presence of a front passenger, helping to control airbag inflation. It’s added protection no matter the destination. Every Optima Hybrid comes standard with active safety systems including Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), an Autonomous Emergency Braking System and Hill-Start.
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